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by Caley Fretz
June 14, 2020
Lachlan Morton has set a new Everesting record in an official time of 7 hours, 32 minutes, and 54 seconds.
Morton took the record from pro mountain biker Keegan Swenson, who took it from Phil Gaimon with a time of seven hours, 40 minutes, and five seconds.
Morton averaged 254 watts over the effort. His attempt took place on the backside of Rist Canyon, outside Fort Collins, Colorado. Morton completed 42 laps of the climb to reach the height of Mount Everest, 8,848m (29,029 feet). Each climb up took him roughly nine minutes.
“Kudos to Lachlan, that’s an impressive ride,” Swenson told CyclingTips. “Really cool he went for it at altitude as well, makes it even more impressive.”
>> View the Strava page for Morton’s Everesting.
Morton had teased the effort in the last week, riding a few test laps on Rist on June 8th. The climb is straight and steep, rising to the top of Rist Canyon in 1.9 kilometers at an average gradient of 11%. It begins at just over 2200m and tops out at roughly 2432m.
Note that due to uncorrected GPS lag, Morton’s Strava file currently reads below the required 8,848m. The attempt has been verified independently.
Morton is known for his love of alternative competitive events. Last year, he smashed through a record ride from Lands End to John O’Groats in the UK, and nearly took the record on the Colorado Trail. Just last week, he set a new fastest known time (FKT) on the Kokopelli trail.
Check back for reactions from Morton.
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